D. William Coppock: 1939-2005 :
D. William Coppock, a resident of Aiken, S.C., and a former resident of Craig (through 1951) and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died Nov. 22, 2005, at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 66.
D. William Coppock was born on June 26, 1939, in Salt Lake City, to David and Betty (Pitchforth) Coppock, who preceded him in death.
Coppock married Julie Cobb in 1964. They later were divorced. He then married Barbara Purdie on June 26, 1992, in Cedar Rapids. He formerly worked for the Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich., and the Quaker Oats Co., both in Harrisburg, Pa., and in Cedar Rapids. He then became a senior vice president of Merchants National Bank, vice president of Brenton Bank and was the president and co-owner of the Best Buy Floral Supply Co. in Cedar Rapids. As a 30-year member of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Coppock was a past president and treasurer of the board of directors and served as chairman and clerk of the board of trustees. He was instrumental in the success of the Art Museum’s building campaign, launched in 1985. He served as chairman, helping to raise $10 million dollars for the construction and renovation of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art as we see it today.
After his retirement from the museum board, he was designated as an honorary lifetime trustee. Coppock also served as president of the Greater Cedar Rapids Foundation, and was on the board of directors of the: Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Rotary Club, Mt. Mercy College, St. Luke’s Hospital and the Cedar Rapids Country Club. He was also very involved in fundraising for the Fellowship Club in Cedar Rapids. A graduate of the University of Colorado in 1962, he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He then served in the Colorado National Guard. He was an avid golfer and a voracious reader. Coppock will be greatly missed by his many friends and loving family.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons David E. (Sunshine) Coppock, and Peter B. Coppock, both of Scottsdale, Ariz.; step-daughter, Anne (Bill) Stamats and their children Haley and Ben of Cedar Rapids; step-son, George (Joanne) Purdie of Seattle, Wash.; sisters, Suzanne (David) Mason of Dunn, N.C., and Betsy (Greg) Sanger of Chico, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories by Rev. James Langley, Westminster Presbyterian Church. Interment was held at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, it was Coppock’s wish that donations may be made to the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Museum of Art Endowment Fund.
Coppock was the grandson of Ralph and Marie Pitchforth. The Pitchforths established the Pitchforth Ranch, which is a major portion of the present Cross Mountain Ranch.
Leave a message, tribute or memorial to the Coppock family at http://www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries.
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